During his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald trump confirmed what many journalists, citizens, and fact-checkers have long suspected: CNN is fake news.
“I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump said while pointing his index finger squarely at CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta. The CNN reporter admirably tried to get Trump to answer a question but was scolded almost as if a parent were teaching his children manners. “Quiet, quiet, don’t be rude, let the woman ask her question” Trump said, referring to another reporter.
On Tuesday night CNN reported that intelligence officials had briefed Trump on an unverified dossier alleging that the Russian government is in possession of compromising information about him.
Later in the day, Buzzfeed News published the entire set of memos, which were purportedly “prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent.” The dossier had been circulating among elected officials, journalists and the intelligence community for weeks, according to Buzzfeed’s Ken Bensinger.
One of the most outrageous unconfirmed allegations in the report claims the Russians recorded Trump watching Russian prostitutes urinate on each other in a Moscow hotel room previously occupied by President and Mrs. Barack Obama.
35 page PDF published by Buzzfeed on Trump is not an intelligence report. Style, facts & dates show no credibility.https://t.co/twa8pJMMtP
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 11, 2017
And the liberal media, including, Now this, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and CNN all ran with the fake news.
Trump called BuzzFeed a “failing piece of garbage” for publishing unsubstantiated allegations about his purported ties to Russia and then said CNN went “out of their way to build it up.”
Trump has had an icy relationship with the liberal media, but today’s press conference seemed to solidify the gap between the president-elect and the biased journalists who report on him.